In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Donyatt like this:
DONYATT, a parish in Chard district, Somerset; on the river Isle, adjacent to the Chard canal, near the Chard and Taunton railway, 1½ mile WSW of Ilminster. It includes part of Crock-Street hamlet; and its post town is Ilminster. Acres, 1, 223. Real property, £2, 902. Pop., 494. Houses, 98. The property is divided among a few. Some of the inhabitants are employed in potteries and woollen mills. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Bath and Wells. Value, £197.* Patron, R. T. Combe, Esq. The church is old but good: and has a tower. There is an alms-house with £48.
A Vision of Britain through Time includes a large library of local statistics for administrative units. For the best overall sense of how the area containing Donyatt has changed, please see our redistricted information for the modern district of South Somerset. More detailed statistical data are available under Units and statistics, which includes both administrative units covering Donyatt and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Donyatt in South Somerset | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 21st December 2014
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